Get to Know Our Teachers

Courtney Griffin

Courtney Griffin

Owner & Instructor

Name:  Courtney Griffin

Hometown:  Memphis, Tn

Trainings/Certifications: 500 ERYT, Tier 1 Certified Baptiste Teacher, (Level One, Level Two, Art Of Assisting). 200 Hr Certification Bala Vinyasa Yoga, Naples,FL; 300 Hour Certification Bala Vinyasa Yoga/Green Monkey Naples,FL.; Mastery of Yoga for Restorative Green Monkey Naples, Fl.; Baptiste Kids Yoga Teacher Training.

My other job is:  Wife and Gam Gam to 5 grandchildren.

The song I put on repeat:  Dear Prudence by The Beatles.

When I wake up I:  Do my spiritual work and meditate.

My favorite quote is:  “You are your own enemy and you are your own savior” – Buddha

My favorite pose is:  Wheel

My growing edge pose is:  Dancer

When I teach I feel: Happy

When I practice I feel:  Grateful

I love:  My family

Liz Tong

Liz Tong

Teacher

Name:  Liz Tong

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Trainings/Certifications: 200 RYT Om Tree Shala Lawrence, KS; Yoga Fit Level 1 & 2; Yin Yoga 100 hr Certification w/ Paulie Zink (in creation)

My other job is: Pro Bono Coordinator Legal Aid of Arkansas; Independent Sales Agent

The song I put on repeat:  Kiss by Prince

When I wake up I:  Make coffee and journal

My favorite quote is: “If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise” – Rupi Kaur

My favorite pose is:  Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon)

My growing edge pose is:  Side Plank

When I teach I feel: Electrified

When I practice I feel:  Powerful

I love:  To laugh until I cry

Alisa Hook Spence

Teacher

Name:  Alisa Hook Spence

Hometown:  Batesville, AR

Trainings/Certifications: YogaWorks 200 hr certificate, ES 200 RYT. Currently studying with Rod Stryker in Parayoga 500 program

My other job is: Mother, friend and believer.

The song I put on repeat: You Belong To Me by The Doobie Brothers

When I wake up I:  Pray

My favorite quote is: There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way and not starting” – Buddha

My favorite pose is: Pigeon Pose

My growing edge pose is:  Handstand

When I teach I feel: Humble

When I practice I feel:  Complete

I love: My family and friends (the family you choose)

Bethany Davis

Teacher

Name:  Bethany Davis

Hometown:  Jonesboro, AR

Trainings/Certifications:  200hr RYT through Sage Yoga School of Barefoot Yoga Studio.

My other job is:  Full-time student completing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy

The song I put on repeat:  God is a Woman by Ariana Grande

When I wake up I:  Run, do yoga, or drink coffee

My favorite quote is: Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” – Eckhart Tolle

My favorite pose is:  Pigeon or a seated wide legged forward fold

My growing edge pose is:  Handstand.  I strive to be able to hold one confidently.

When I teach I feel:  Very humbled, honored, and connected

When I practice I feel:  Lighter, reset, and more whole

I love:  My husband, my family, my dog, my friends, yoga, eating healthy, and traveling.

Amanda Spurlock

Teacher

Name:  Amanda Spurlock

Hometown:  Jonesboro, AR

Trainings/Certifications:  200 hr certification in Hatha and Ashtanga vinyasa from Akshi Yogashala, Rishikesh India. Mentoring in Baptiste method with 200hr to be completed in 2019 from Griffin Power Yoga

My other job is:  Being a lifelong learner. 

The song I put on repeat:  Mountain Hare Krishna by Krishna Das. 

When I wake up I:  Meditate

My favorite quote is: Where the heart is full of kindness which seeks no injury to another, either in act or thought or wish, this full love creates an atmosphere of harmony, whose benign power touches with healing all who come within its influence. Peace in the heart radiates peace to other hearts, even more surely than contention breeds contention.” – Patanjali

My favorite pose is: Agnistambhasana – Fire Log Pose

My growing edge pose is: Eka Pada shirshasana – One foot behind head pose

When I teach I feel:  Grateful

When I practice I feel:  Bliss

I love:  Sharing tools that help bring peace into the lives of others. 

Katherine Gaker

Teacher

Name:  Katherine Gaker

Hometown:  Cincinnati, OH

Trainings/Certifications: I completed a 200-hr hot vinyasa teacher training through Sumit’s Yoga in Memphis.

My other job is: I’m currently a medical student at NYIT.

The song I put on repeat:  I can’t pick one! If I like any song it’ll be on repeat for a few weeks, and it drives everyone around me crazy.

When I wake up I: Downdog!! It’s the best way for me to stretch out and work out stiffness before starting my day.

My favorite quote is:  “Practice and all is coming.” -Pattabhi Jois

My favorite pose is:  Extended side angle pose has always been one of my favorites. I love playing around with inversions, but extended side-angle feels the best. For me it can be really restorative when I focus on the hip opening, or energizing when I focus more on the side-lengthening.

My growing edge pose is:  I’m learning to make peace with chair pose. I have long femurs and it’s tough for me to feel comfortable in that pose. I am starting to see how wonderfully strengthening it is for the entire leg, so I’m trying to incorporate it into my home practice more. With utkatasana being so integral to Sun salutations (my favorite), I’m determined to get over this hump.

When I teach I feel:  Helpful! I love to encourage creativity and give students new ideas or things to think about during practice.

When I practice I feel:  Strong. Strength has always been more of a challenge for me than flexibility, and I really appreciate a challenge when I’m taking a class.

I love:  Learning anatomy through yoga. It’s awesome to incorporate what I learn in medical school into my yoga practice. Yoga teaches me so much about anatomy through movement, and practicing allows me to ruminate on how the human body works. I’m so excited to share this with others.